Where do you buy your motor oil from ?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by EdyJun, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. EdyJun

    EdyJun Junior Member

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    It’s time to do an oil change! I wanted to know where do you guys get your Mobil 1 0w-20 synthetic form and how much ?

    The cheapest I have seen it in LA is about $7.50.
     
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    $6.47 per quart or $23 for five quart jugs at an area Walmart. Prices vary by area.
     
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    I keep an eye out for sales and buy it at that store, which is more often than not at Pep Boys.
     
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    Walmart seems to have the best price on Mobil1, unless someone has a mega sale.
     
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    Well, to answer the less specific question in the title: I use Toyota's 0W20. It's readily availabe, decent price and convenient since I'm picking up the filter and drain plug washer.
     
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    Toyota 0W20 is the better product due to its lower viscosity at 40C, which may give you better fuel economy.

    I paid $4.99/qt from the dealer when it was on sale.
     
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    Costco when they have a $10 off 6/1 qt. coupon. I think it ends up being ~$27 for the box / $4.50 per quart. The coupon is in this February's coupon book.
     
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    I used the Toyota 0W20 from the dealer until the dealer went with bulk oil. Now they provide Quaker State in quart bottles. I am not a fan of Quaker State.

    The last oil change I went with the WalMart 5 qt. of Mobil1.
     
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    We purchase our oil for the Prius from our local Toyota dealer.
    When bought by the case, the cost is about 6.00/ Qt.

    The XOM made Toyota 0W20 is superior to the Mobil 0W20 for use in the Prius. It's viscosity at 100 degrees C is 8.54 cSt, 40 degree viscosity a very low 37.38 cSt and has a very high Visocity Index of 216 compared to Mobil 1 0W20's 100 KV 0f 8.7 cSt, 40 KV
    of 44.8 cST and a relatively low VI of 173 compared to Toyota's
    0W20 of a whopping 216. It is one of the very highest VI oils
    available.

    What this means is the Toyota 0W20 synthetic oil is about 35 % lighter than M1 0W20 at 0 degrees C ( 32 Degrees F ) and 25 % at room temperature. The Toyota 0W20 oil is designed to be as light as possible at start up temperatures and that makes it's use preferable with all the start/stop operation of the Prius ICE. It's also better ar start up in ICE engines other than the Prius. Start up
    is where 80% or more of all engine wear occurs.

    In very cold climates, the M1 0W30 has an advantage of having
    lower MRV ( Very cold viscosity ) than the Toyota 0W20, but that
    doesn't occur until about -30C ( -22F ).

    Overall, the Toyota 0W20 is the best for use in the Prius. ( And for many other engines recommending the use of 5W20 and 0W20 oils
    as well. )
     
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    Not that this is an endorsement but this week's Costco store ad had a $3 off coupon for Mobile 1.

    No idea what their regular price is.
     
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    Mobil 1 synthetic - by the case, on sale at Costco. Mobil 1 (extra capacity) oil filters in bulk at the best price via mail order.
     
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    But does any Costco carry 0W20? As of a week ago, my local store still didn't.
     
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    The dealers use the cheapest synthetic they can so the brands they use varies depending on bulk prices, most use bulk these days. I have one free oil change left at the dealership and will ask what brand synthetic they use, probably not Mobil 1.
     
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    Almost all dealers are using bulk Toyota 0w20 since the cost is substantially lower than any other 0w20 on the market.

    MB860 ?
     
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    Mobil-1? $26 for 5qt jar in Walmart
     
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    I always stock up at Meijer (not available in many states) when they have a 15% off general merchandise coupon.
     
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    dunno, my Prius calls specifically and only for 5W-30, wife's car recommends same above other grades; so I only buy the 5W-30
     
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    You have a Gen2. This is a Gen3 thread, OP has a Gen3, and it needs 0W20. The latest Costco coupon book has now arrived in my mail, and pictures the same two items that have normally been available at my local store: 5W30 and 10W30.

    So the question remains open: has anybody seen 0W20 at Costco?
     
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    No I have not, only 5W30 and 10W30 at Costco here.

    I usually end up at Wal Mart or Napa for 0W20. Local Wal Mart doesn't have it in 5 quart jug so it's $6.37 a quart; if you can catch it on sale at Napa it is only $5 a quart.
     
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    No but I have seen it at Walmart quite a bit. I have bought it there twice, but I must admit I am afraid to walk around a Walmart too much as someone might take my picture and make me famous in one of those "People of Walmart" emails.